Research Faculty Position Announcement
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Division of Physical Therapy Education

Position Description:
Assistant Professor or higher, rank and salary commensurate with experience
12-month Health Professions appointment, with opportunity to make
application for tenure
Generous benefits package
Earned academic doctorate degree required
History of obtaining external funding for research preferred
Postdoctoral training and teaching experience are desirable
Primary responsibilities are to seek external funding and conduct research
broadly relevant to physical therapy
Teaching responsibilities are negotiable and based on applicant’s expertise
Other responsibilities include service to the university, community, and
Professional Environment:
University: The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is an
academic health sciences center, with Colleges of Medicine, Nursing,
Pharmacy, and Dentistry. Campus research strengths are in areas of
transplantation, cancer, genetics, and neuroscience. The mission of UNMC
is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier educational programs,
innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and outreach to
underserved populations
Program: The Division of Physical Therapy Education is an educational
unit within the College of Medicine. The mission of the Division is to
educate entry-level generalist practitioners. In 2001, a new curriculum
leading to the clinical degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) was
implemented. The faculty is dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based
clinical practice, and to that end, we are seeking to fill this faculty
position with an individual whose research will contribute to such
The program has been accredited for its entire 34-year history.
Detailed information about the program is available at
Research: Members of this program value collaboration in both research
and teaching efforts. Many collaborative research opportunities exist
within the program and across campus. The strategic plan for UNMC is to
become a world-renowned, academic health sciences center. Research funding
at UNMC has doubled in the past 5 years, and the campus continues to add
extensive research facilities and infrastructure. This fall, construction
will begin on the 10-level Research Center of Excellence II, a structure
nearly identical to the Durham Research Center, which opened in 2003. It
will contain 252,179 gross square feet with 98 state-of-the-art
laboratories, as well as office space for investigators and laboratory
support space. Recent research efforts within the Division of Physical
Therapy Education have been in the general areas of motor control (muscle
activation patterns, kinematics, and kinetics of balance and reaching
tasks) and exercise physiology (energy expenditure, changes in health
behavior, and changes in immunological measures). These projects have
involved a variety of subject populations, including: healthy individuals
(all ages), individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy,
rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes, multiple
sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and
peripheral arterial disease.
Facilities: The program is housed in the Student Life Center, which
contains program offices, laboratories, the campus fitness facility, the
Physical Activity Research Laboratory (PARL), and the Clinical Movement
Science Laboratory (CMSL). The PARL is equipped to perform metabolic gas
analysis and other measures of physical activity, while the CMSL is
equipped with multi-channel EMG and motion analysis systems, force
platforms and computerized dynamic posturography equipment.
Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately, and
the position will remain open until filled. Send letter of application
addressing qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the
names and addresses of three professional references to: Gib Willett, PT,
PhD, OCS, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Division of Physical Therapy
Education, 984420 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4420. You may
also contact Dr. Willett by email:

EE0/Affirmative Action. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Gregory M. Karst, PhD, PT
President, UNMC Faculty Senate
Professor and Associate Director
Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
(402)559-8626 (fax)

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